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In Roddy Doyle's Booker Prize-winning novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, an Irish lad named Paddy rampages through the streets of Barrytown with a pack of like-minded hooligans, playing cowboys and Indians, etching their names in wet concrete, and setting fires. Roddy Doyle has captured the sensations and speech patterns of preadolescents with consummate skill, and managed to do so without resorting to sentimentality. Paddy Clarke and his friends are not bad boys; they're just a little bit restless. They're always taking sides, bullying each other, and secretly wishing they didn't have to. All they want is for something--anything--to happen.
Throughout the novel, Paddy teeters on the nervous verge of adolescence. In one scene, Paddy tries to make his little brother's hot water bottle explode, but gives up after stomping on it just one time: "I jumped on Sinbad's bottle. Nothing happened. I didn't do it again. Sometimes when nothing happened it was really getting ready to happen." Paddy Clarke senses that his world is about to change forever--and not necessarily for the better. When he realizes that his parents' marriage is falling apart, Paddy stays up all night listening, half-believing that his vigil will ward off further fighting. It doesn't work, but it is sweet and sad that he believes it might. Paddy's logic may be fuzzy, but his heart is in the right place. --Jill Marquis
Doyle's Booker Prize-winning novel, told from the perspective of Irish, working-class 10-year-old Paddy Clarke, was a seven-week PW bestseller.
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Can Doyle sound like a rambunctious ten year old, and write convincingly in that boy's voice? Yes. Can Doyle make that boy's stories any more interesting than the stories you could... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Pop Bop
Meet a couple in Las Vegas n thy recommend this book. ..love it..cracks me upPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Few books successfully capture the experience of a child, fewer still manage to both capture the perspective of a child with a thorough comment on 'adult' issues. Read morePublished 10 months ago by T. Edmund
After reading this book, I am almost inclined to go back and change my review of David Mitchell's Black Swan Green, which owes a tremendous debt to Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michael Moisio
I didn't like it as much as the Rabbitt trilogy books. These kids did and were victims of violent incidents.Published 11 months ago by Dennis Croll
Good Book... nothing to scream about. Lynne from SellersvillePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer